THE President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with the family of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile who died on Tuesday in a road accident at Nigeria Airforce Base in Kaduna State.
The president’s consolation message yesterday was contained in a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity; Femi Adesina described the late Arotile as a patriotic citizen who has left an indelible mark on the sand of time especially in peace and security of the nation.
“President Muhammadu Buhari received with deep pain the passing of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, condoling with the family on loss of such a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security.
The President salutes Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered.
“President Buhari commiserates with the Nigerian Air Force, airmen, airwomen and all friends of the deceased, recalling her deft skills in maneuvering combat helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride. The president sympathises with government and people of Kogi State on the loss. President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind.”
The flying officer died as result of head injuries sustained from the road accident at the age of 23 years about eight months after her recognition as the first female combatant helicopter pilot in the history of Nigeria.